NCI Drug Dictionary

The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI's List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

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carbidopa/levodopa
An orally available combination of carbidopa, an inhibitor of aromatic amino acid decarboxylation, and levodopa, an inert, metabolic precursor to dopamine, with dopaminergic and antiparkinsonian properties. Upon oral administration, levodopa crosses the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and is decarboxylated to dopamine via dopa decarboxylase in the brain, promoting increased activation of dopamine receptors. Carbidopa inhibits dopa decarboxylase in the periphery, thereby preventing decarboxylation of levodopa in extracerebral tissues and increasing the delivery of dopamine to the central nervous system (CNS). As carbidopa does not cross the BBB, it does not interfere with CNS levodopa metabolism. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

Synonym:carbidopa levodopa
carbidopa-levodopa
US brand name:Sinemet